Argentine university students aren’t restricted to their own (arguably very awesome) country to study. Studying abroad with the help of scholarship and fellowship programs has become more common as of late. Students have the opportunity to study, learn a new language, and experience a different culture in a foreign country. While many Argentines have not thought studying abroad in a country like Australia, China, or Japan, it might be worth considering.

It might be daunting trying to plan life in another country without organizing out all of the costs, but merit based scholarships can help make this dream a reality. Students will have to fill out a profile online in order to be considered.

Australia receives over 700,000 foreign students each year, making it one of the most popular study abroad destinations. This June, nine Argentines will be among the 700,000 students studying in “the land down under” with the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) exchange program.

The Australia Awards Endeavor is a platform where students can apply for grants; this year the deadline to apply is June 30th. There are a number of scholarships including the Australia Development Award and the Australia Leadership Award. After being rewarded both of these awards, student Antonella Giudoccio was able to study at Carnegie Mellon University in Australia with a full scholarship.

“Each year, between 30 and 40 Argentine students have access to the Endeavor scholarships,” said Norma Ramiro, the woman in charge of the embassy’s commercial office. “It could be more, but not many Argentines consider Australia as a destination, due to lack of information.”

The education system in Australia is very prestigious; eight of the top 100 universities in the world can be found in Australia. Many private and government institutions help fund universities which creates academic competition and promotes many research projects within the universities.

The Marco Polo Fund is an example of a program that sends students overseas by covering part of the “extra costs” involved in studying abroad (i.e. travel, accommodation). Alan Abadía, a former student at UBA, studied Chinese at the Beijing Institute of Technology for a semester through this program. He spent a total of six years in China and as he reflects on his time in a different country he said, “It met my expectations more than ever. Being able to be a spectator of the fast changes that took place in the economy and society was unique to me.”

Heading more east, Japan is another country that Argentine students are starting to consider more. The scholarships offered by the Ministry of Education of Japan, Hida Aots and JICA promote the cooperation between both cultures.

Japanese Ambassador Noriteru Fukushima stresses that Japan should be considered more by Argentine students. He says, “It can be a gateway to Asia, many Argentines already know the United States and Europe, but Asia is still far away. Japan is a leader in science and technology, design, manga and anime, martial arts, and kaizen courses for entrepreneurs.” Fukushima launched a virtual scholarship platform at an event at a school in Palermo to try and promote studying abroad in Japan. Of the 250,000 students that Japan receives per year, only around 100 are from Argentina. One of the 100, Christian Giordano, was able to study at Kanazawa University.

Overall, these programs encourage students to step out of their comfort zone and experience life in a new place. Many can take their studies abroad and apply it to their future career paths as well as understand more about how politics, economics, and culture come together to form a life different than their own.

For more information on each scholarship take a look at the following sites:

Marco Polo Scholarship: www.universia.net

Australia Awards Endeavor: www.cwaustraliaeduca.com.ar

Japanese Embassy Scholarship Platform: http://www.estudiaenjapon.com